(1488-1523 e.v.)

by T. Apiryon

German patriot, poet, knight, classical scholar, satirist and Renaissance humanist. Hutten was a contemporary of Rabelais and Paracelsus, and was a key figure in the German Reformation. He allied himself with Reuchlin, Erasmus, and particularly Luther, in the battle to free Germany from the yoke of Rome. He published Luther’s works and Lorenzo Valla’s refutation of the “Donation of Constantine” as well as his own attacks on the corruption of the Church and its political thralls.

His efforts to unite the German nobility and free cities against the tyranny of Rome and the corruption of the princes and the clerical benefice-hunters ultimately failed, and he was forced to flee the country to Switzerland. He took refuge in Zurich with Zwingli, the leader of the Reformation movement, where he died at the age of 41, of syphilis.


Holborn, Hajo; Ulrich von Hutten and the German Reformation, transl. by Roland H. Bainton (1937), Harper & Row, New York 1965

Jackson, Samuel McCauley (Ed. in Chief); The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI 1953

Pachter, Henry M.; Magic into Science, the Story of Paracelsus, Henry Schuman, New York 1951

Original Publication Date: 5/24/95

Originally published in Red Flame No. 2 – Mystery of Mystery: A Primer of Thelemic Ecclesiastical Gnosticism by Tau Apiryon and Helena; Berkeley, CA 1995 e.v.